Biden Puts Shotgun Cheney in His Place


During the Bush years we saw many failures in foreign policy and national security. From missing a memo entitled “Bin-Laden Determined to Strike in the United States” to attacking the wrong country and wasting over a trillion dollars and thousands of lives, to isolating America from its allies in the world the Bush Administration led by “Shotgun” Cheney dangerously blundered along under a false vision and a failed pretense.

Yes, their failure in the attacks on 9-11 gave the neo-cons the golden opportunity to pass all the measures that they had drooled over for years, and all of them proved dismal and complete failures.

Worse than that, since leaving office Dick Cheney has been trying to act like he is some kind of “expert” on national security or foreign policy by critisizing the overturning of some of his ruinous policies from 8 years of failure. Well, now his counterpart in Obama’s Administration is calling him out on it.

Vice-President Joe Biden is calling Cheney on his failures, and telling him thanks but no thanks for the unneeded advice:

WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday his predecessor, Dick Cheney, is “dead wrong” when he says President Barack Obama’s national security policies are making the United States less safe. Biden said the exact opposite is true and added that President George W. Bush’s vice president was part of a dysfunctional decision-making system.

“I don’t think he is out of line, but he is dead wrong. … The last administration left us in a weaker posture than we’ve been any time since World War II: less regarded in the world, stretched more thinly than we ever have been in the past, two wars under way, virtually no respect in entire parts of the world,” Biden said. “And so we’ve been about the business of repairing and strengthening those. I guarantee you we are safer today, our interests are more secure today than they were any time during the eight years” of the Bush administration.…

Of course, Biden knows what he is talking about. The Bush years representing not only the unraveling of our economy and infrastructure, but disasterous years in our country’s morale and standing in the world.

Of course, Cheney used a failed argument to re-endorse his own failed policy:

“I think those programs were absolutely essential to the success we enjoyed of being able to collect the intelligence that let us defeat all further attempts to launch attacks against the United States since 9/11,” Cheney said.

“I think that’s a great success story. It was done legally. It was done in accordance with our constitutional practices and principles,” he said. “President Obama campaigned against it all across the country. And now he is making some choices that, in my mind, will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another attack,” Cheney said.

Cheney fails to mention that inaction from an incompetent administration allowed these attacks to begin with. And of course, the stealing of generations of Constitutional protections is only legal if you use the fear of your own failure to push it through. Indeed President Obama campaigned against this and won a huge victory. I just hope he re-considers his most recent view on FISA.

Biden then went on to detail exactly why Cheney had become such a dangerous person to our country and indeed the world and why our new approach is so much better:

“Look, everybody talks about how powerful Cheney was,” Biden said. “His power weakened America, in my view. Here’s what I mean by that. What I mean by that was, there was a divided government.”

He said Cheney had his own sort of national security council and there was the actual National Security Council.

“There was (Secretary of State Colin) Powell, who didn’t agree with Cheney,” Biden said, “and Cheney off with (Defense Secretary Donald) Rumsfeld.”

Biden promoted Obama’s administration as more conducive to better decision making.

“The strength of this administration is that the president and I work in concert. I am very straightforward in my views. I am as strong – I hold them as strongly as I ever have.”

But he said those decisions are made with one National Security Council, “a united national security team.”

I can tell you one thing. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when Joe Biden was sworn in as Vice-President and Dick Cheney was ushered out the door as the complete misguided, power-hungry, greedy failure that he was. I am proud to have a new Vice-President that understands the role of his office and chooses betterment of the country over his own personal interests and misguided beliefs.

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A New Attitude On Muslims in America?


After the attacks of 9-11 Muslims were maligned in America because of their beliefs. Especially after the Bush Administration embarked upon it’s failed “War on Terror” that never seemed to end. Terrorism exists among all religions and one need only look at the rash of gun-related homicides in this country the last few weeks to realize that.

Now the Washington Post is reporting that Americans may slightly favor an outreach to the Muslim world. In my opinion, that is a good thing.

I know some Muslims in my area and have found them to be just as descent as many of the Christian folks I know. I think there are many people of many different religions that can use their religion to do many good things.

That being said I also believe that the over-zealousnous of many people of all religions that causes them to persecute certain factions of their populations, like homosexuals is wrong. I believe that if your religion approves of public beheadings, persecuting and murdering women, burning members of other religions at the stake, and abusing children that are disruptive then it is not a religion. Does not God hold the sole right to judge in any religion??

While I am perfectly happy to reach out to and get along with anyone I don’t think that we should support anyone that commits terror in the name of religion no matter what religion they call it.

Lets hope to support Enlightened thought wherever it may emerge.

KY-Sen: Mongiardo Announces Fundraising Numbers


One of the reasons many think that Dan Mongiardo will be a great candidate both for the primary, and general elections for Kentucky’s Senate seat in 2010 is his position and name recognition. As Kentucky’s sitting Lt. Governor he has shown an appeal to voters all over the state. Also, many state and national Democrats remember when he almost pulled a monumental upset over Bunning in 2004.

Despite his naysayers, Mongiardo has gotten off to a very good start in this race with his fundraising haul over the last month or so:

FRANKFORT – In a letter to supporters, Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo said Monday that he has raised $420,000 in the first six weeks of his second bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-KY.

Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, who narrowly lost to Bunning in 2004, said his ability to raise cash ” is a significant statement on the strength of our campaign.” The money was raised between mid February and March 31, Mongiardo said.


As many have suspected, Mongiardo is showing strength in his fundraising numbers and is in a great position to win the nomination and general elections. Now, Democrats await seeing who will be his competition in the primary:

Mongiardo’s announcement of his fund raising prowess came as a Democratic challenger to Mongiardo is likely to be announced soon. Democrats that may enter the primary include Attorney General Jack Conway, State Auditor Crit Luallen and U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles.

While I am waiting to see who else enters this race to endorse a candidate, whomever wants to challenge Dr. Dan better step up pretty quick to keep him from getting much more of a head start.

Rural Unemployment is Very Real


Much is made of unemployment in the urban areas of America and deservedly so. During the current Bush/Cheney crash urban areas have lost high-paying jobs at a high rate. Now it appears that the folks in rural America are catching up to them in that dubious distinction.

Rural Americans should take a hard look at the results of putting the Bush/Cheney juggernaut in the White House. Despite seeing somewhat of a reprieve the first year of the crash, rural America is now feeling the brunt of the policies wrought from Republican representation:

News reports from around the country, however, shows that rural America is now feeling the full brunt of the recession. Several states report high unemployment rates in rural regions.…

Unfortunately some of the rural areas hardest hit are in Oregon, a state which did not vote for Bush/Cheney:

The highest unemployment rate in the state of Oregon in December was Grant County, in Eastern Oregon. Nearly 16% of the workforce there is without a job.

Just look at some states whose rural populations voted for Republicans. Look in Alabama, North Carolina, and Ohio. South Carolina has fared no better:

Orangeburg County had an unemployment rate of 13.6% – and that was only the 13th highest rate among South Carolina’s 46 counties. Rural Allendale County had the state’s highest unemployment rate, 19.7%, up from 17.5% in November.…

This is a great country and we will find a way to bounce back but I hope the hard lessons of the Great Depression and the Bush/Cheney years will once again show rural voters in the south and all over the nation that the Republicans practically destroyed their way of life and will continue to if put back in power.

That is just what they do.


Let Me Be Honest


Let me be honest with you. Turning rural America blue will not be easy and will be long long fight. I'm new to blogging with this Soapblox format and will have to learn as I go, but hopefully we will get the hang of it before the 2010 elections. As you can see my writing skills leave a lot to be desired. I feel more comfortable communicating with video and graphics. RDemocrat will do most of the writing here, and we are looking for others to help with that.
Thousands of progressives, like iowavoter, in rural Ameica are looking for ways to change their Congressional districts from Red To Blue. Folks like dungaree have a full understanding of what's going on in rural America and Daily Kos commentors like glaser understand our dilemma. It hasn't always been like this. I'm a seventy year old man and I remember folks like John L. Lewis. Now we have folks like Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Bob Corker that want to tear down everything we've worked for in rural America.
For progressive that live in rural areas, let me say that I fully understand your frustrations:

  • Right wing news papers.
  • Right wing media outlets.
  • Limited broadband access.
  • Limited support from the National Democratic Party.
  • Multi county Congressional Districts.

To often we find Democratic candidates that are really Republican lite and local Democratic parties totally disfuntional.
I hope this can become a place where rural progresives can share ideas, inspire each other and keep us updated on their local races.
Keep the faith. This is a fight we can win and when we do America will be a better place.